Ontario Spring Migration Workshop
Each year the spring bird migration and birth of young occurs in Ontario. The hundreds of migrant species that call Ontario home, return up the various flyways, most crossing through Southern Ontario on their way back north. But it is not only the birds that return… Various wildlife spring forth with young in the Spring time and we will take you on a route that will give you the best chances to capture as much of this wildlife as possible.
Timing of these workshops is May 9th, 2016 to May 14th, 2016 and May 16th, 2016 to May 21st, 2016
Price of this workshop is $2950CDN
Deposit to secure your spot on this workshop is $750CDN
Instructors: Chris Pepper, Kevin A. Pepper (K2) and Kevin K Pepper
Minimum number of participants is 3, maximum number of participants is 6.
Includes: All accommodation for all 5 nights. Three nights in a hotel and two nights in our private cottage. All meals and beverages are included from dinner on day one to breakfast on last day. All transportation is included from airport pickup to airport drop off.
Not Included: Anything not listed as included, items of personal nature, travel insurance.
Photo Gallery of Species Seen on This Workshop
In previous years the list of species that saw during this week is as follows… Red Fox and kits, Canada beaver, Yellow Warbler, Canada Warbler, Pileated woodpecker, Common Loon, Hooded Merganzer, Common Merganzer, Canada Goose, Mallard duck, Black Tern, Common Tern, Blackburnian Warbler, Red tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Osprey, Red Tailed Hawk, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ovenbird, Veery, Wilson’s Warbler, Great horned owl, Screetch Owl, Bald Eagles, Elk, Connecticut Warbler, Bobolink, Orchard Oriole, Wild turkey and the White tailed deer.
The species that we are always on the lookout for during this time frame also includes Black bears and cubs, Moose, Wood ducks, Bald eagle, buffleheads, Osprey, American Kestrel, Golden eyes, Grouse, Grey jays, Great grey owl, Barred owl, Wolves and Coyote.
Our locations for this workshop are Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park, Burlington Bay, Barrie and the Halliburton Highlands.
Point Pelee National Park is renowned as the best location in inland North America to observe the northward migration of songbirds. The guest registry in the park’s Visitor Center shows that birders come from far and wide to experience this special event. Almost half are from outside Canada the majority of these being from the United States. Although not originally planned as such, mid-May at Pelee has become a birding festival with thousands of enthusiasts celebrating the return of the spring birds.
Probably the most impressive part of Pelee and Rondeau’s spring migration is the diversity and huge numbers of northbound warblers that descend on the area. As such it has gained the reputation as “Warbler Capital of North America.” This are is perfectly situated far enough north so as to receive both the warblers which fly north only through Texas or only through Florida. Yet, it is also far enough south to attract the “southerners” such as hooded, Kentucky and worm-eating warblers.
After leaving this area we will stop for a half day to photograph at a Raptor Conservatory as they have species such as Harris’ Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, Broad-winged hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl and Bald Eagle, an Eagle Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine and a Aplomado Falcon. In 2015 we photographed baby great horned owls and barn owls at this location.
In the Kawarthas, an area positioned one and a half hours north east of Toronto, both water and land are equally impressive. The shimmering lakes and rivers that offer breathtaking sun rises and sunsets are ribboned together by the Trent-Severn Waterway, which stretches from Lake Ontario to nearby Georgian Bay. This water route is well suited for a variety of wildlife. The Kawarthas boasts fish-rich waters and an abundance of water fowl.
Our destination, Lake Salerno continues to be home to migratory Loons that keep coming back year after year. These beautiful birds offer the avid photographer plenty of opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat.
We will also head east of Salerno Lake to go photograph a herd of Elk that Ontario has been reintroducing into the Province.
Our average travel time each day on this workshop is minimal each day. A maximum of 45 minutes to our locations from the places we stay. Point Pelee and Rondeau are 45 minutes from our hotel. Our location near Barrie is within 30 minutes of our hotel. When photographing Elk we are 45 minutes from them and our accommodation is right on the lake when we are in the Kawartha’s photographing Common Loons.